What are some significant quotes with page references about Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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SCOUT THE FIGHTER.  Scout is quick to use her fists when the words of others anger her, and she has no problem handling herself with the boys she fights, even holding her own against her older brother. She promises Atticus that she will walk away from her pugilistic tendencies, but she has a few setbacks, especially with her obnoxious Cousin Francis. After he calls Scout and Atticus a "nigger-lover," she cannot restrain herself.

     This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right..."  (Chapter 9)

She forgets her promise again on the night the lynch mob confronts Atticus at the jail. When one of the men "yanked Jem nearly off his feet,"

... I kicked the man swiftly. Barefooted, I was surprised to see him fall back in real pain. I intended to kick his shin, but aimed to high.   (Chapter 15)

SCOUT THE LADY.  Scout rebuffs most attempts to make her into a lady, and at the Missionary Circle tea she witnesses most unladylike behavior from many of the "devout" women there. But she recognizes real ladies when she sees them, and she is impressed with the behavior of Miss Maudie and her Aunt Alexandra after they compose themselves after learning of Tom's death. When they return to serving refreshments as if nothing has happened, she decides that

     After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.  (Chapter 24)  

SCOUT THE ROMANTIC.  Scout is happiest when her "permanent fiance," Dill, is around, and she misses him mightily when he returns home to Meridian each summer.

... summer was Dill by the fishpool smoking string, Dill's eyes alive with complicated plans to make Boo Radley emerge; summer was the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking, the longings we sometimes felt each other feel. With him life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.  (Chapter 12)

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He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there.
Bob Ewell spits On Atticus , even though Atticus had lost the case. He tells his kids that it better if Bob takes his anger out on him than out on them.

When it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s the white man always wins
When a white says a black has done wrong, there is no justice for the black man as he is not believed. This shows the prejudice in Maycomb.

The Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells and the Ewells hate and despise the coloured folks.
This quote shows the hierarchy in Maycomb. Professionals (Atticus),
Farmers ( Cunninghams ), Drunks, unemployed ( Ewells ), then the black (tom)

I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time … it’s because he wants to stay inside.
Scout begins to realise why Boo stays in side, its beucase if Boo was to come out he would not have anything to do, as he doesn’t know what to do because his been locked up for long,  this also shows that Scout is maturing.

To Maycomb, tom’s death was typical. Typical of a nigger to cut and run.
Tom had more chances of surviving trying run away, than he did of going to jail and surviving. When he ran they were mean to shoot him in the leg, but they sprayed bullets all over his body.

Mr Ewell found himself as forgotten as Tom Robinson. Thereafter, he resumed his regular weekly appearances at the welfare office for his cheque
Maycomb continues life and everyone forgets about Tom’s case, which also means that Boo is forgotten too.

Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong.
Scout is telling the reader how Jem makes everyone feel happier, this shows that Jem maturing.

They were white hands, sickly white hands… face was as white as his hands.. grey eyes were so colourless
The kids had a ugly description of Boo, when Boo shows himself Scout is shocked to see how he really looks. He is pale because he has not seen the light for so long.

Sometimes I think I’m a total failure as a parent, but I’m all they’ve got
Atticus feels that he hasn’t raised them well enough, but what he has done is teach them real moral values and life lessons. He has also shown cililisation within Maycomb.

Mr Finch, taking the one man who’s done you and this town a great service an’ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight – to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it on my head.
Boo Radley killed Mr Ewell with his knife that Ewell was going to use on Jem and Scout. Sheriff Tate said his report will read that Bob Ewell fell on his knife. (To protect Boo who was only protecting Jem and Scout).

Neighbours bring food with death and flowers ..  we had given him nothing, and it made me sad
Scout feels sad that she has not given anything to Boo. But really she has given what Boo wanted; the pleasure of seeing Scout and Jem grow up. This isn’t physical but, it has kept him company all this time.

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.
Scout understands Boo and looked at his life and started to understand and realise who Boo is. He is an innocent man who has been persecuted since a young age by his family and Maycomb. Standing on the porch off Boo lets Scout understand what Boo sees from his window.

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She was even lonelier than Boo Radley, who had not been out of his house in twenty-five years.
Mayella was persecuted by her father and her family. Her father sexually abused her continuously. Because she was the oldest she had to take the role of the ‘mother’ in the family.

But she said he took advantage of her, and when she stood up she looked at him as if he were dirt beneath her feet.
Mayella knew that Tom was innocent, but she still acted like all the other white people. She looked at Tom and put him down, just like all the other white people in Maycomb.

He seemed to be a respectable negro, and a respectable negro would never go up into somebody’s yard of his own violation
Atticus is trying to persuade the jury, that Tom is innocent. He does this why saying he is a ‘respectable negro’ and he would never go into a white person house without the word of the owner.

It occurred to me that in their own way, Tom Robinson’s manners were as good as Atticus’s.
Scout realises that Tom is actually innocent, and the white people of Maycomb, just put down all the blacks. This also shows that Scout is maturing, and understanding the prejudice in Maycomb.

It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live.
Dolphus Raymond is a man in the novel who marries a black woman. He carries coke, inside a paper bag, and pretends to be a drunk. Dolphus Raymond acting like this, is the only way the people of Maycomb will understand why he married a black woman.

 Atticus says cheatin’ a coloured man is ten times worse then cheatin’ a white man… I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favour of a coloured man over a white man…
In Maycomb, coloured men have no rights, so it’s difficult if anyone was to accuse a black man, because he wouldn’t have a chance of winning.
They all think as soon as your negro, you’re not good or moral.

The feeling grew until the atmosphere in the court room was exactly the same as a cold February morning, when the mockingbirds were still
The silence in the court room represented, a mockingbird, as something bad was going to happen.

It’s just as much Maycomb Country as missionary teas
The prejudice and the racism was a past time for Maycomb, just like missionary teas where they gather and gossiped.

I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’’’ do it again and when they do it – seems that only children weep
When Jem finds out that the jury has decided that Tom was guilty, he cries because he realises that the jury was racist. Atticus provideds strong arguments and yet Tom was found guilty, this made Jem very upset. 

but we understood when she cut from the big cake and gave the slice to jem
Misss Maudie made big cakes for adults, small cakes for the kids, when she gives a piece from the big cake to Jem, this shows he has matured compared to the start of the book.

we’re making a step – it’s just a baby step, but it’s a step
Even though Atticus lost the case. The case made Maycomb think about the verdict. This is a just a small step, but this step helps lead equality between black and whites

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Maybe he doesn’t have anywhere to run off to…
Because Boo has been locked up for so long, he doesn’t know where to go, or what to do if he comes out of his house.

He covered the court-house and jail-house news simply by looking out this upstairs window
Mr underwood is the editor of the newspaper. He can see everything in court and knows about the injustice to the blacks

So it took an eight-year-old child to bring ‘em to their senses, didn’t it ? Said Atticus. That proves something – that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human … you children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute…
Scout talking to the men, shows her bravery and the maturity she has developed. She starts to further understand her dads morals.

 Jem’s hand, which was resting on the balcony rail, tight-ened around it.
Because of Tom in the courthouse jail. The mobs wanting to kill Tom, Scout comes in and talks to Walter Cunningham and he goes. This shows the maturity that Scout has developed and the support she shows for her father.  

but around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black.
When Dolphin Ram married a black woman his children are not included because their father married a black woman.

No economic fluctuations changed their status – people like the Ewells lived as guests of the country in prosperity as well as in debts of a depression. 
No matter the time, the Ewells lived of what the country provided them

their cabins looked neat and snug with pale smoke rising from chimneys and doorways glowing amber from the fires inside. There were delicious smells about.
Even with the poverty, the blacks had none of the luxuries that the whites barely had.

They’re dangerous to live around sides devaluin’ my property
The black were so bad that the value of his house even though  he lived next to a tip 

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Quotes 3

Overnight, it seemed, Jem had acquired an alien set of values.
Jems is starting to mature earlier than scout, and this makes Scout look like he has developed alien like values in Scouts perspective. This shows that Jem matures faster than Scout. 

Negroes worshipped in it on Sundays and white men gambled in it on weekdays
Church was a place of gambling, they wanted it to be a place of worship but it was a place of gambling for the white men. This shows that the system was unfair to blacks. 

I want all of you with no children to make a sacrifice and give one more dime apiece
Blacks donated money to Tom Robinson and his family because, this shows the type of community the blacks led.

The tribe of which Burris Ewell and his brethren considered had lived on the same plot of earth behind the Maycomb dump, and had thrived on country welfare money for three generations.
Aunt Alexander tell Jem and Scout about how the Ewells lived in poverty, not as bad as the blacks, and they’ve been living behind a dump.

He placed the young town too far away from the only kind of public transportation in those days … As a result the town remained the same size for a hundred years… New people so rarely settled there, the same families married the same families until the members of the community looked faintly alike.
Due to lack of transport out of Maycomb, they bred with each other and as generations continued, they began to look like each other. This was all because no one would come in and no one would get out.

Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me.
Aunt Alexandra wanted Scout to be like a Lady, but Scout sees Aunt Alexander as an alien.

Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to We still need Cal as much as ever did
Cal is respected and treated better than the other blacks because of Atticus morals, even if Aunt Alexander doesn’t want her. 

His maddening superiority was unbearable these days
Jem maturing makes Scout look at him in a totally different way.

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